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Songwriting talents of young Wirral band 'Vitruvian Men' go on show this Friday
4:58pm Monday 21st October 2013 in News
THE songwriting talents of a band of young Wirral musicians will be showcased this Friday as they take the stage at Liverpool’s Zanzibar club.
They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and the adage certainly appears true for guitar group Vitruvian Men.
The four-piece have been encouraged in their writing and performing by OMD’s Andy McCluskey, whose son James is following in his father’s footsteps providing bass for the band.
However, the teenagers’ music could scarcely be more different from the “Godfathers of synth pop.”
You won’t hear many grinding guitars on your typical OMD track.
But they ring loud and clear from Vitruvian Men, whose sound and style is difficult to categorise – maybe Arctic Monkeys meet Black Sabbath then go for a pint with The Clash.
They have recently recorded an eight-track CD of their own songs, and the band’s cleverly-crafted dynamics and rousing choruses have already attracted approving glances from music business executives.
The four friends – Tom Smith (vocals and guitar), Andy Walsh (drums), Jack Cundall (guitar) and James McCluskey (bass) – whose average age is 17 – all met at Calday Grange Grammar School.
Vocalist Tom said: “We’ve always been interested in music and got together a year or so ago to play cover versions of songs we all liked.
“We then tried writing a few of our own numbers and were quite encouraged by how well it seemed to develop.
“We’re taking everything one step at a time; we’d love to tour and record professionally, but we’ll have to see.
“We’re getting more confident the more we play together and we’re really looking forward to Friday’s gig.”
Andy said: “The moment I heard the songs they’d written, I took it all a bit more seriously.
“I was really impressed by the quality of material they were generating."
If you want to see Vitruvian Men for yourself, the band will be on stage at the Zanzibar Club in Seal Street, Liverpool, at around 8.30pm, this Friday, October 25.
Or you can listen to them online here